As the tweet I saw about this item said, YAY! YAY! YAY!:
The U.S. House, taking aim at one of former President George W. Bush’s signature initiatives, voted to slash funding for abstinence-only sex education programs.
The chamber voted 264-153 to approve an annual health and education spending bill that would eliminate a $99 million initiative providing grants to public and private organizations that encourage teens to abstain from premarital sex.
FINALLY. So-called “abstinence-only” sex “education” (and calling it “education” is a real stretch) is not only ridiculous and self-defeating, but to the surprise of absolutely nobody with a functioning brain stem, has been proven completely ineffective. During the benighted days of the Bush administration, when “ignorance-only” sex ed was pushed at the behest of the religious right, rates of teen pregnancy and STDs soared, especially in those states that emphasized abstinence over real sex education. Proving once again that ignorance is anything but bliss.
No doubt the fundies will be in a demented lather about their pet project being shitcanned by the sinner-and-fornicator-controlled congress, but that’s tough. Elections have consequences, and one of them is the long-overdue demise of garbage initiatives like “abstinence-only” sex “education”. Besides, I totally agree with Jessica at Feministing:
But de-funding these programs is not enough. We have to undo the damage that’s been done to young people and support real solutions: If we want to lower the teen pregnancy rate, we need to demand that contraception be easily accessible and affordable to young people.
I can already hear the shrieks of unhinged outrage…